小青鱼
Do you think that the world will only speak 1 language one day?
This is sad if beautiful languages are forgotten, but it may be better for cultural exchange.
Jun 16, 2020 9:04 AM
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So many lesser-known languages are sadly becoming extinct. My husband's family speaks a tribal language, and there are only about 200-400 speakers left in the world (within the territory). The youth in their community don't care to the know the language, and the elders aren't exactly jumping up holding classes either. Yet there is such criticism that <em>something must be done</em> to save the language! If that's the case, get up and take responsibility because no one else can do it for you.

I am saying this because it seems that there are about ten languages in the world that are mostly spoken by everyone around the world, and we are little by little, losing all of the others.

What happens when our ten or so languages are down to five? At some point, we are going to have more lost languages, and it will be because many people want to learn the languages that are mainly spoken.

So as much as I hate to admit this, with the world becoming a melting-pot online to communicate, then it's quite possible that as we wipe out all these lesser-spoken languages that we will eventually be down to only a few.

We won't see it in our lifetimes, but it just may happen.
June 16, 2020
I think there may be only one or two major languages in the world one day, but other languages will always exist, so long as the decendents of various peoples exist.
Knowing where you are from and who your people are is known to be important for mental health. It's part of the answer to philosophical questions like "Why am I here?" and "What is my life for?" which haunt us in darker moments.
Language is part of culture. As I learn Punjabi I am learning about the traditional culture of the people who speak that language. I knew some things but from much more of an outside perspective. In fact prohibiting a native language is a method used by invaders and dictators to squash the culture of their subjects.

The loss of languages would mean the loss of cultures. Culture would be homogenised rather than exchanged.
June 16, 2020
for those that are willing to learn all the languages of the world , they will feel like the world is talking 1 language

June 16, 2020
Nope.
June 16, 2020
小青鱼
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English, French, Japanese, Vietnamese
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Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English, French, Japanese